Nvidia Shield Tablet vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4
|Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - SM-N910C||Nvidia Shield Tablet|
|Chipset||Exynos 5433||Nvidia Tegra K1|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A57||Quad-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15|
|GPU||Mali-T760||ULP GeForce Kepler|
|Display||Super AMOLED, 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels, 515 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3||IPS, 8", 1920 x 1200 pixels, 283 ppi|
|Storage||32GB / microSD (up to 128GB)||16GB / microSD (up to128GB)|
|Conectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LTE Cat 4, HSDPA, HSUPA||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP|
|Camera||16MP, OIS, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps / Front 3.7 MP, 1440p||5MP, 1080p @ 30 fps m/ Front 5MP|
|Android||Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat||4.4.2 Kit Kat|
|Battery||Li-Io 3220 mAh||Li-Io N/A|
|Size||153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm||221 x 126 x 9.2 mm|
|Price||699 USD||299 USD|
Of course, many of you will think that this comparison has no point. And believe it or not, I agree. I don’t think you can compare chipsets that are implemented in different type of devices (smartphone vs tablet), with different purpose (telephony vs gaming) and different specs (for instance, the screen resolution). I believe that you can only compare CPUs and GPUs on the same platform, eg same RAM quantity, same screen resolution, etc. But…with mobile devices that is usually not possible, so we end up comparing two different solutions.
In this article we will look at both Nvidia Shield Tablet and Galaxy Note 4 as device meant for specific task (gaming tablet vs high end smartphone) but also compare their performance head to head, in our classic benchmark suite. So here it goes…
In the right corner, weighting in at 176g, using the all mighty Exynos 5433 chipset, 3GB of RAM and a 5.7″, 1440 x 2560 Super Amoled display, I give you Samsung Galaxy Note 4 SM-N910C. As you know, Note 4 comes in different flavors (some of them with Qualcomm chipsets) depending on the region. The main differences between Note 4 SM-N910F (S, etc) and Note 4 SM-N910C are given by the chipset used and the connectivity. While SM-N910F uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, which supports LTE cat 6 (up to 300 Mbps), Note 4 SM-N910C uses the Exynos 5433 chipset, which only supports LTE cat 4 (up to 150 Mbps). We haven’t tested the Qualcomm version yet, but for this battle, the Exynos version is the one we care about.
In the left corner, weighting a mighty 390 g, using the fierce Nvidia Tegra K1 chipset, 2GB of RAM and a 8″, 1200 x 1920 IPS panel, we have Nvidia Shield Tablet. There is also a bigger 32GB/ LTE version available, but that is not the subject of our rumble in the jungle, since we do not have that version.
Both beasts have the possibility to extend the storage capacity using a microSD card. Both beasts come with Android 4.4 Kit Kat from the factory and the promise for 5.0 Lollipop. But while the two devices have some similarities, they are also very different. Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a 699 USD high-end smartphone, while Nvidia Shield Tablet is a 299 USD gaming tablet / device.
Well, we will not compare them as devices, but there is one common point where the two beasts can be compared and that is performance… the reason of the initial debate. So let’s see how our mighty beasts look like.